Foster care and adoption can be a rough road. Don't make the journey alone!
Support groups can help you connect with other families who really "get it" in a way that your non-foster/adopt familes and friends simply cannot. Training can give you the skills you need to cope with the stress of Foster and Adoptive parenting, and address the unique needs of the special kids in our care. Thankfully, Southeastern Michigan offers a number of great local support groups and training opportunities for Foster and Adoptive families, and we have worked hard to collect information about each of them, listed below, in alphabetical order by County. If you know of any groups that should be added, or corrections that should be made, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course, we hope you will join us for our own group here at Fostering Futures! Look for it under "Washtenaw County!"
Hillsdale County Support Group • 3rd Monday
All caregivers are welcome—kinship, general, etc. Potluck dinner/or agency dinner beginning at 5:30 pm. Meeting starts at 6pm and typically lasts until 7:30-8:00. Meetings are held at the Hillsdale ISD Building on Bacon St. At this time, Child Care is not provided – volunteers needed. 1 training hour typically offered.
Contact: Rebecca Belcher, 517-932-8801 or email@example.com
Foster Parent Support Group-Jackson County Coalition • 2nd Monday
From 5:30-7:30 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church 1505 West Michigan Ave., Jackson. Contact licensing agency.
Jackson Adoptive Family Connections • 3rd Thursday
Do you ever feel all alone in your parenting journey? Do you ever feel like this is really tough and no one seems to get it? The Post Adoption Resource Center is happy to announce a monthly opportunity for adoptive and guardian families to get together to share your challenges, be supported, learn a little and take a break. After a potluck dinner, childcare is provided for younger children, and older ones can attend our PARC Youth Group filled with activities, games and adoption-related peer discussions. Bring a dish to pass if you are able, but don’t worry about it if you’re not. From 6:00-8:00 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church 1505 West Michigan Ave., Jackson. Please RSVP, and include the ages of any children who will be attending: Tracy Kapusansky 734-528-2057 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lenawee County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (FAPA) • 2nd Monday
From 6:30-9 pm at Human Service Building, 1040 S. Winter St. in the Cooperative Extension Demo Kitchen Room (2nd floor), Adrian. Lenawee DHS, Catholic Charities and Family Counseling and Children Services take turns providing meals at the meetings. The meetings begin at 6:30 with a meal then from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm there is training and FAPA meeting. We do not provide child care at this time.
Contact: Sheryl Mohr (FAPA officer) to RSVP at 517-403-3887.
Adoptive Family Connections Meeting • 4th Tuesday
The Commons Community Center (2|42 Community Church) 7526 Grand River, Brighton, MI. Open to any Adoptive or Guardianship family. Hosted by PARC/AFSN.
6:30 – 7:00pm – Pot Luck. Please bring a dish to pass if you are able but there is plenty of food if you cannot. (PARC will provide plates, napkins, silverware).
7:00 – 8:30pm – Educational support for both adults and kids.
Childcare provided for ages 9 & under. Ages over 9 can participate in a group with adoption-related activities/art projects. Please RSVP to Tracy Kapusansky at email@example.com or call 734-794-2988, including number & ages of children.
Resource Family Support Group • 2nd Saturdays
Starting 9:30am at Francis Family YMCA, 2000 W. Dean Rd. Temperance. child care provided, RSVP preferred. Contact: Denise Williams 419-280-1332, or Denise.Williams@mybedford.us
Ann Arbor Support Group • 4th Wednesday
This FASD-Specific Group meets from 7:00-9:00pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month except November (meets 3rd Wednesday) and December (no meeting). St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Education Center, Classroom #5 5305 East Huron Dr., Ann Arbor. Contact: Betsy Soden for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fabulous Foster & Adoptive Parent Support Group • 1st Monday
From 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 242 Community Church, 648 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, MI (between Liberty and Jackson). Park near and enter through the door with the large yellow border; one of the PARC staff will be there to greet you and direct you to the youth space. Pizza is provided, and you are invited to bring a dish to pass. After dinner we break into three groups: Adults, Youth group (teens and older tweens), and childcare. Please RSVP, especially if bringing children! Contact: Lynne Havlik email@example.com
Fostering Futures' Foster/Adoptive Parent Collaborative Training and support group • 1st Wednesday
From 6:15 to 8:15 PM at Fostering Futures, 3300 Washtenaw Ave., Suite 260, Ann Arbor, MI. On the first Wednesday of every month, we meet to learn, support, and share with other foster and adoptive parents in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. The group is open to foster parents licensed through any agency, parents of children adopted through foster care, and anyone interested in learning more about foster parenting. Guided by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, discussion topics for each week are driven by the needs of the group. The time counts toward your Foster License annual training requirement, plus free pizza and child care are provided!
Raising Kids Affected by Trauma • 2nd Sunday
From 2PM to 4PM at The 5th Corner Teen Center, 211 Willis Road, Saline
Free childcare provided. This group is for any family raising children who have been affected by trauma. All family structures are warmly welcomed, whether foster, adopted, biological, single-parent, LGBT, kinship, etc. The discussion for each meeting will be sparked by a trauma-related article, book excerpt, video, or even an occasional guest speaker!
Please RSVP with number of children, their ages, and any special needs, so we can be sure to offer adequate childcare coverage. Contact: Tammy Talvitie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 734-657-7172. Join us on Facebook between meetings... click on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RKAT/ or just search for "Raising Kids Affected by Trauma"
Adoption Support for Michigan Moms • 1st Thursday
From 7-9 pm at Biggby Coffee, 44601 Five Mile Road, Plymouth. Adoption is a journey. Sometimes you just need a place to be real and find out that you're not alone. Come share your story, get ideas, or just lift another discouraged mom up! We need each other! This group is informal and for anyone waiting to bring your child home or those with lots of experience!
Subscription-based online support for Trauma/Foster/Adopt Parenting • $3.99/mo
Shivonne Costa, MSW is a writer, foster, and adoptive mom, specializing in trauma and how it effects attachments in foster and adoptive families. This is an online support subscription for those that 1) don't have the means or ability to get to a local support group, 2) need assistance with new parenting techniques, specific to children who have experienced trauma, 3) are struggling to connect to their child/children and need a place to vent and ask for new, therapeutic ideas.